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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    As I’ve mentioned I had a chance to shake Mr Ridleys hand, which is only more of an honor with each great moment of leadership of his; especially decisions as thoughtful as granting Mr Elder the incredible honor of honorary Masters starter.

    The first thought for me was what a beautiful gesture but does he belong?

    I saw his interview with Diaz. No mention of “I belong”.
    I must admit I didn’t know Lee Elders “I belong” quote. It sure is a great one. Nothing like men of few words, not that I know.

    Now that mr Elder is an honorary starter “I belong” could become an iconic quote.

    I would love to hear him say it all over again, this time specifically for being an honorary starter…You know for those of us whom can be a little slow to get it sometimes:

    “I belong.”

    He certainly my does.

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      Tom Edrington

      So very wonderful to have Lee honored! Have known Fred since he was, well, let’s see, about 25 years old….

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